FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar: Costa Rica takes last place with victory over New Zealand
Costa Rica is set to feature in Group E of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar in which they will take on Germany, Spain, Japan after beating New Zealand in a qualifier on Tuesday (June 15) in Doha. Joel Campbell was the only goalscorer in the last match of the extended qualifying campaign. “Los Ticos” made a perfect start and stunned the “All Whites” with the first attack of the encounter through Campbell, who, with only two minutes to play, made a low shot to defeat goalkeeper Oliver Sells before hitting New Zealand. danced in the area. New Zealand were stunned and responded well with 16 minutes left as Costa Rica defender Keeler Navas was twice on guard to negate Chris Wood’s attempt outside the boot.
Joel Campbell, remember that?
He has just made the winner to send Costa Rica to the World Cup in Qatar. pic.twitter.com/nUr7CiRJge – now.arsenal (@now_arsenaI) June 14, 2022
Wood thought he had restored parity just before the break, but Wood’s goal was dismissed by the video assistant referee after a cross in the box, Xinhua news agency reported.
After the restart, New Zealand’s hopes of a comeback were dealt a heavy blow as Costa Brabras, who had been fielded nine minutes earlier, was sent off with a straight red card in the 69th minute after a rude foul .
Two minutes later, Costa Rica almost benefited from their numerical advantage, but Sail was equal to a dangerous long-distance effort from Anthony Daniel Contreras Enriquez.
New Zealand, however, remained active and engaged in Costa Rica’s defense as a promising shot from Clayton Lewis forced Navas into action with 76 minutes into the conflict.
Costa Rica’s defense, however, stood firm and held on to their narrow lead until the final whistle. With significant victories, Costa Rica secured its sixth World Cup participation, while New Zealand failed to qualify for the tournament after 1982 and 2010.
(with Reuters input)